Dean of Administration (E.B. Lemon, Dean, 1943-1959) established in July.

Instruction in Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) begun on March 29. First graduates (11 certificates of completion) on September 29. OSC trained a total of 3,023 servicemen in the program between 1943 and 1945.

In its 75th year after dedication as a state college: enrollment--4,743 (summer-660); degrees conferred--611; library collection--193,479 volumes.

Celebration of seventy-fifth anniversary of designation as Oregon's land grant institution on October 27.

Division of Business and Industry established (in 1945 the name changed to the School of Business and Technology). A new business major and secretarial science major organized.


Faculty Council met for first time on March 9 (became the Faculty Senate in 1956).

A. D. Taylor's second campus plan presented.

Veterans Testing Bureau organized by Dr. Robert R. Reichart (predecessor of the Counseling Center).


Naval ROTC established. Army Air Corps training branch established as part of the Army ROTC unit.

CH2M engineering company founded by OSC engineering professor Fred Merryfield and three of his former OSC students – Holly Cornell, Thomas Hayes, and Jim Howland. Now known as CH2M HILL, it is the largest environmental engineering company in the U.S.


Oregon State College Foundation incorporated on October 15 as a nonprofit corporation.

State employee's retirement act became effective.

Industrial Building completed.

OSC's post-war enrollment boom peaked at 7,498 students.


Sackett Hall (residence hall) completed.

Adair Tract (6200 acres) acquired for research and teaching by the Schools of Forestry and Agriculture. This later became known as the Dunn Forest.

William "Bill" Tebeau, known to be the first African American male to graduate from OSU, graduated with a degree in engineering. In October 2014, OSU named a residence hall, Tebeau Hall, in his honor.


In February, the contracts of chemistry faculty members Ralph Spitzer and Laurent R. LaVallee are not renewed because of alleged Communist sympathies.

Summer school session reduced to eight weeks.

Air Force ROTC established on July 1 (today, OSU is one of only 33 universities in the United States that offer officer training in all the major branches of military service).

Dearborn Hall completed.

International students: 107 from 24 different countries.

Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) Students, 1943

Students in the Army Specialized Training Program, 1943

Class Reps in the Charter Day Parade, 1943

Class representatives marching in the Charter Day Parade, 1943

Farm Labor, 1945

Farm laborers, 1945

Aerial View of Corvallis, 1946

Aerial view of Corvallis, 1946

Sackett Hall, ca. 1948

Sackett Hall, ca. 1948

Dearborn Hall, 1948

Dearborn Hall, 1948

Bill Tebeau

Bill Tebeau, 1948